word to skier boy. good reply. i feel similar about the whole deal. the old pivot bindings were one of the few reallly really good consumer level bindings. they had awesome release feel (smoothest exits ever), a fairly tight mounting pattern, which promoted a good flex pattern, and generally, they skied really well. over time, with hard riding, yes, the pivot point for the heel would develop some slop, and that toe piece with the limited forward pressure of the heel could also get a little loose with a worn out toe lug. however, it was a great binding. i rode 4-5 pairs for quite a long time, beating the shit outta them, and they still came back for more.
with the demise of the P series, ive been on racestocks ever since. the turntable heel is definitely as good as it gets. simple, fairly durable, super tight mounting pattern, and a very direct boot to ski interface. the current toes suck, at least in the 15-18s. not at all designed for park, more at home in big mountain or race courses. What i have been doing thou, is picking up older turntables from ebay and swaps, rebuilding them, and running those. there were a number of older styles of racestocks that have better toe designs and high dins. to get even more preformance, ive been running the modern heel pieces with the bolted arms with older style toes. another option is to run a 15 din TT heel with a 14 din Pivot/PX toe. you definitely have to know some shit to go this route, as no shop would get near you with bindings like this, but if you do it right, they can be even better than the current binders.
as for the PX, they are garbage. track mounted, tabbed forward pressure, thats shit more suited for an entry level binding than a performance one. they are heavy, dont release as consistantly as the Pivots, break easier, and totally kill the feel of the ski. on an integrated all mountain ski, they are fine. but on flat decks, they are garbage. the only benifit from them is a higher forward pressure like on the race stocks, and a more connected feel than pivots. but at that point, id be more comfortable on a salomon or something.
the only binders out now im really excited about are jesters/dukes. they are fuckin expensive, but very legit. ill still prolly stick to my pile of racestocks, but if you dont happen to have that luxury, and are looking for the best freeride binding currently out, they are it.
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